Feel Infinite promotes empathy and understanding rather than just danceable beats.LuckyMe, 2017
7.3 / 10
Montreal-based producer Jacques Greene has several accolades attached to his career. Most recently, his 2006 single, “You Can’t Deny”, was nominated for the Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year. This song also appears on Greene’s debut album, Feel Infinite, an album that is highly anticipated to say the least. With his focus on releasing singles and EPs, it almost seems unfathomable that we finally have a full-length from him. However, Feel Infinite is here. The album takes inspiration from club culture, which Greene says, “was born out of oppression and worked hard to create safe spaces for its marginalized members.” In a way Feel Infinite promotes empathy and understanding rather than just danceable beats. But plenty of danceable beats are here.
The album gets off to an exhilarating start with “Fall”. It boasts a lot of heavy breathing and a chopped chorus over a steady synth melody. Then it ends with a liquid cool off (to prevent dehydration?). “Fall” leads right into the album’s title track. Chimes clatter as electric currents run hot in front of warbly synths. Its beat begins to pick up, chugging like a train on tracks until reaching a bass heavy lift-off. Greene peppers it with some vocal ‘ah’s in the background, but this song doesn’t need them. It means business. Would a better title for this album be Infinite Feels?
For Feel Infinite, Greene didn’t bring in many collaborators. However, How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell does appear on “True”. This is the newly confident Krell from Care, and he does his Justin Timberlake thing on “True”. Krell’s lyrics basically suggest he’s not ready to let his love say goodbye. Greene handles the song’s production well; knowing when to give the music a dramatic tilt. “I Won’t Judge” also brings the drama. It serves as an anthem for the club culture that Greene speaks so fondly about. It feels as though the spirit of the club is overlooking its tenants, promising them an escape from reality.
While Feel Infinite does offer plenty of feels, the album also does begin to run together in its final tracks. Greene deploys many of his production techniques too frequently without much variety. His Juno-nominated single, “You Can’t Deny”, doesn’t have this issue, but it’s already somewhat of an outlier. It seems reminiscent of The Range’s Potential. That album sampled old YouTube clips to great effect, which seems innovative in comparison to the chopped vocals of Feel Infinite. Maybe it’s because the people were not singing, just being themselves in front of a camera. Still, Feel Infinite manages to have a heartbeat and not just dance beats. Go ahead and let your heart thump along with it.